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July 1911 (USA) See more »
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Francesco Bertolini 
Adolfo Padovan 
Giuseppe de Liguoro (collaboration)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dante Alighieri  poem "La Divina Commedia"

Original Music by
Raffaele Caravaglios 
Cinematography by
Emilio Roncarolo 
Production Design by
Francesco Bertolini 
Sandro Properzi 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe de Liguoro .... assistant director
Art Department
Francesco Bertolini .... set designer
Sandro Properzi .... set designer
Visual Effects by
Stefano Camberini .... digital restoration artist (2004 restoration)
Shona Barret .... special thanks (2004 restoration)

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Also Known As:
"L'Inferno" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:68 min | UK:71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

According to "The People's Almanac Guide to the 20th Century", this is the very first movie to ever show male front nudity, well over half a century before it turned up again in Women in Love (1969).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The scene where Dante is chased by the dog and encounters Virgil. The thin wire lead which is being used to control the dog is visible at the left of the scene.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The world's first (non-Aussie) feature film still packs a punch, 9 June 2005
Author: dstenhouse from Launceston, Australia

When did this film first make its appearance in America? The notes in the DVD say that the film was not widely released until after the First World War, but I've found the following quote in "The Warner Bros. Story" by Clive Hirschhorn, telling what the Warner brothers did after Edison's infamous Trust had "persuaded" them to sell their film exchange business, which would have been in 1911 or 1912, "It was only a matter of months, however, before Sam Warner returned from a trip to New York having bought the rights for a five-reeler called Dante's Inferno based on the famous poem. Sam's idea was to take the film on the road, together with a narrator, who, while the movie unspooled, would read extracts from the original poem. The idea worked. The film opened in Hartford, Connecticut, and, according to Jack Warner, you could hear the cash registers ringing all the way to Ohio. The tour netted them $1,500 which Sam and Jack blew on a crap game in New York." The 2004 DVD release actually follows in Sam's footsteps by having some of the words sung, with music by Tangerine Dream. The music creates a dreamlike atmosphere which helps to overcome the creaky aspects of the film. I feel that an over-the-top, heavily dramatic orchestral soundtrack wouldn't work, as the creakiness would undermine the music. The credits at the start and end of the film were in keeping with those I've seen on other silent movie DVD's, except that they put some fuzzy stills behind them, so I found myself wondering if the entire movie was going to be that indistinct. The film turned out to be in pretty good condition overall, but it did vary a bit, as you'd expect in a film this old. This very important movie is easily worthwhile for any fan of silent film, and it is interesting enough to show to others as well, with the modern soundtrack providing a cushion of familiarity for those who aren't used to silent film. Highly recommended!

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